Doug Avery: The Resilient Farmer

The Prince’s Countryside Fund's Project Officer, Douglas Hamilton, had an extremely enjoyable time in Castle Douglas last week, where he finally got an opportunity to see Doug Avery on his tour of Scotland.

For the previously uninitiated, Doug Avery, sometimes called the ‘resilient farmer’ is a successful New Zealand based farmer who, having faced drought, fire and earthquakes, as well as the suicide of farming friends, chose to do something about it.

For over a month he has been travelling around Scotland introducing new ideas on local cooperation, mindfulness and approaches to mental health.

Introduced to the audience by Heather Wildman of Savior Associates - who works frequently with the Fund! - Doug made bounds between mindfulness, farming techniques and the adversity that farmers face today, as well as being extremely amusing, he was met with rapturous applause as he lifted the spirits of an entire room full of people.

Most importantly, he spoke in great depths about the ways in which farmers can, and will have to look after each other, using various and amusing analogies.

The fund was thrilled with the visit at GG’s center in Castle Douglas and would highly recommend the tour if you get the opportunity.